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  1. I heard a former player on the radio the other day complaining that this would encourage low hits. He didn't like low hits, because broken legs could be career-damaging. He would rather by hit high.

     

    Of course, he probably had been. :rolleyes:

    yeah, I'm not surprised that a lot of these guys might be more comfortable sacrificing their brain rather than their ACL.

  2. Any guesses on what the injury will do for the initiatives to limit "violent hits" in football? Even when I played intramural football almost 50 years ago, you could get badly messed up when a 200 pound linebacker rolled over you. The concept of having two lines of people crash into each other for 200 plays per game (or some such number) just invites damage when the players are pushing 300#

    nothing. the purpose of stricter enforcement of the ban on hits to the head is meant to limit traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. broken arms, legs, and clavicles are still ok.

  3. Almost 6,000 comments on the NPR Ombudsman's article about the firing.

     

    I wonder if NPR will allow any other analysts or reporters to join Mara Liasson on FoxNews? It seems that the Juan Williams Fox appearances drew far more flak from the NPR membership, based on what the Ombudsman stated.

     

    Ira Glass would be an interesting selection, as would Harry Shearer. Combat experienced reporters would be useful, too.

     

    (If the payoff is a $2mn contract with Fox, they could probably find a few volunteers if they looked hard.)

     

    Neither Ira Glass nor Harry Shearer work for NPR.

  4. I think Bob Edwards got fired because the show was not growing and Bob Edwards had been on the show forever.. I think they were trying to bring some new life into the show.. Whatever the reason, the show has a million more listeners then when Bob was on the show .

    exactly, he got fired for a good reason, his ratings were down. NPR fires people for the same reasons all other employers fire people. it happens. Juan needs to be a big boy and go enjoy his gig at Fox and start shopping for a new car with that 2M paycheck he just picked up.

  5. What rule did Juan Williams break? Speaking honestly about race, as our Attorney General suggests we should?

    NPR has stated repeatedly what rule he broke, and that they had warned him repeatedly about prior violations he committed before finally shitcanning him. Not everything is a vast right or left wing conspiracy, sometimes you just piss off your boss by not following the rules and you get fired. It happens.

     

    where was Bill O'Reilly's indignation when Bob Edwards got the axe?

  6. Is everything mentioned here so far this year, still pretty accurate? My husband is going to Louisville in a couple of weeks and will be entertaining clients. He asked me to find a good steak or Italian place to take them. There are both types mentioned in this thread, but don't want to assume that they are still good or even still open.

     

    Thanks!

    sorry I missed this post. This thread is pretty current.

     

    I love Pat's for old school steaks, but Jeff Ruby's is the place to go for a more traditional steakhouse experience.

     

    Italian is kind of weak in Louisville, but Volare is probably the best right now.

     

    732 Social Club, Proof, 610 Magnolia, Wiltshire on Market, Mayan Gypsy, Jack Fry's, Limestone, Corbett's, Seviche, Palermo, Basa, are all very good options.

  7. there's free speech and there's liberal-don't-like speech.

    which one got Dan Rather fired?

     

    He got fired for purposely running a story that he knew was false.. He got fired for having his producer contact someone in the John Kerry campaign prior to the story running.. He got fired for not admitting his mistake and refusing to not only retract the story but, continued to lie about an "unknown" source that never existed.

    exactly. you break the rules, you get fired. doesn't matter which way you lean.

  8. Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans . . .

     

    Behemoth's post really makes me want to get back there soon. We had a great visit a little over a year ago. I was concerned that Treme would make Thursday nights at Vaughans an impossibility, glad to hear that one can still get in there to see Kermit.

  9. How is NPR liberal? It reports the news. They grilled Jack Conway, democratic candidate for Senate in KY, the other night on All Things Considered. I mean they really went after him for his attack ad on Rand Paul. Hardly seemed liberal to me.

     

    When someone asks me for news outlet that is liberal, I can point to Olberman and Maddow on MSNBC, but is Nina Totenberg really pushing a liberal agenda? Linda Wertheimer? c'mon. they just read news stories on the radio.

     

    I think NPR gets tagged with liberal label because it is perceived as highbrow and academic. I dont think that is fair to conservatives and republicans, as it suggests that they all watch NASCAR and eat fried chicken. I have lots of conservative friends who love NPR. They also like to read, have advanced degrees, and listen to classical music from time to time.

     

    Where was the conservative uproar when NPR fired Bob Edwards?

     

    Nina Totenburg probably isn't the best example to cite for fairness. She was the person who wished "AIDS on Jesse Helms and on his family" at one time. Wasn't a problem, although many people complained about it at the time.

     

     

    The NPR ombudsman mentioned a complication in the NPR contract with Juan Williams, which differs from the contract with Mara Liasson for their appearances on Fox. Williams was already under contract to Fox when he signed on at NPR. His contract allows him to continue offering opinions on Fox. Ms Liasson was already under contract to NPR when she was granted permission to appear on Fox. Her contract restricts her ability to offer opinion.

     

    I don't think there's any easy solution to this. Cokie Roberts appears on ABC, and offers opinions. And, does it well. But, any NPR person appearing on Fox is going to upset the NPR base. Both the ombudsman and Schiller have acknowledged that the presence of these two on Fox disturbs many listeners. And, as you acknowledge, Juan Williams has been a flash point for several different issues, not all of them related to Fox.

     

    It wouldn't surprise me at all if NPR and its key supporters just felt that Williams went too far off the ranch on this one, and it was time to close the gate behind him. He's a smart guy, and he'll do just fine. He may even find the scrappy world of Fox more to his liking than the polite world of NPR.

     

    damn, Nina is more fiery than I thought!

     

    Seriously, I listen to Morning Edition and All Things Considered almost every day, and I really can't find where there are editorial comments favoring the liberals. Maybe there are, but they sure ripped Jack Conway a new one when he was interviewed and he is a democrat. When I watch Fox, I see an overt and unabashed political bias. No problem, that's their angle, I get it. I just don't see NPR as the liberal counterpoint to that like MSNBC shows are.

     

    At the end of the day Juan Williams is loving every minute of this. He's never been more popular or as well paid. He just got 2M out of the deal. You know NPR aint paying that kind of scratch.

  10. It reports the news. They grilled Jack Conway, democratic candidate for Senate in KY, the other night on All Things Considered. I mean they really went after him for his attack ad on Rand Paul. Hardly seemed liberal to me.

     

    When someone asks me for news outlet that is liberal, I can point to Olberman and Maddow on MSNBC, but is Nina Totenberg really pushing a liberal agenda? Linda Wertheimer? c'mon.

     

    I think NPR gets tagged with liberal label because it is perceived as highbrow and academic. I dont think that is fair to conservatives and republicans, as it suggests that they all watch NASCAR and eat fried chicken. I have lots of conservative friends who love NPR. They also like to read, have advanced degrees, and listen to classical music from time to time.

     

    Where was the conservative uproar when NPR fired Bob Edwards?

  11. I never thought he was a good fit with the NPR format of hard news analysis. He was very average on Talk of the Nation and almost drove that show into the ground before he got the hook (Juan ain't no Ray Suarez). Then he sort of existed in NPR no man's land without any discernible role aside from dropping snide digs whenever he got the chance. He seemed a better fit on Fox News where he was allowed to editorialize more freely and express his opinions and bias. Calling the first lady "Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress" is mild for Fox, but that just doesn't fly at NPR. Bully for him if that's what he thinks, but that is hardly the unbiased political analysis that NPR expected from him. I would've fired Juan years ago just on the grounds that he is simply bad on the radio, but I don't think NPR had a choice when he refused to stop dropping his own editorial comments into his "news" reports. His "essay" quoted above shows that he still doesn't get it. Opinion is not analysis. If you want to watch the former, go to Olberman, Hannity, Maddow, or Beck, but NPR tries very hard to stay out of that mess. It just wasn't a good fit.

  12. Btw, I don't know if I mentioned this, but OT and other sites have become quite popular outside the US over the past year. I've even booked a couple of dinners in Paris using thefork.com

     

    An obvious next step is for one of the major utility sites (google, facebook) to offer reservation systems, it's odd that you need to go to this weird OT thing just for that.

     

    I used OT to book a couple of my meals in France as well, including lunch at Mirazur.

  13. correct. let's say there are a dozen restaurants in a given city where you would be happy to dine that evening with a few friends. everyone has agreed that 9 pm works best. you either start calling each restaurant one by one to determine which have a 9pm opening, or you can open OT and see that information all at once. It's not a relationship, it's a tool. It's like Zagat . . . worthless restaurant reviews, but handy for having all their addresses, hours, telephone numbers in one place.

     

    See, I'm so sick that when I'm going out with people, I think and think about what would be the perfect place for us and then call and beg until I get a table there.

    nobody's knocking your methodology. we are talking about how OT is used by those who use it.

  14. correct. let's say there are a dozen restaurants in a given city where you would be happy to dine that evening with a few friends. everyone has agreed that 9 pm works best. you either start calling each restaurant one by one to determine which have a 9pm opening, or you can open OT and see that information all at once. It's not a relationship, it's a tool. It's like Zagat . . . worthless restaurant reviews, but handy for having all their addresses, hours, telephone numbers in one place.

  15. I saw this batter used on America's Test Kitchen. They were seeking a batter that would not become gluey and thick while sitting through multiple batches of frying. They were seeking to not develop gluten so they used half corn starch and half vodka. becuase vodka is basically half alcohol and alcohol wont develop gluten, it results in a less glutinous batter.

    Pure cornstarch is gluten free. I find adding a beaten egg white to the cornstarch vodka mix makes an even nicer texture

    correct, and that is why they used half corn starch. they experimented with 100% corn starch, but found that it did not coat well and other undesirable qualities.

  16. Did you check out the oven? I recall from the article that it was imported brick by brick from Napoli and built by one of Italy's top dudes on the subject. what a waste if they are turning shitty pies out of an oven like that.

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